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Blue Lough

This walk provides an easy introduction to the Mountains of Mourne giving a mountain atmosphere whilst following gentle gradients and making use of distinct tracks and pathways.




5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 29

Nearest Town

Annalong Village

Route Shape


Route Type



Gentle hill walking

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Mourne Wall connects the summits of 15 mountains

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

Start at Carrick Little car park. A track leading from the car park north into the mountains provides a pleasant start to the Blue Lough walk.

A stile at this point crosses the Mourne Wall as it descents from Slieve Binnian to the West and continues east towards Long Seefin. The route to the Blue Lough crosses the wall at right angles and continues along a level track to reach and follow the edge of Annalong Wood.

The path continues along old quarry tracks in open heathland. Much of the route was originally paved with granite slabs and there is evidence of stone working along the way. There are two main track junctions between this point and the Blue Lough, the route bears left at both.

This pleasant spot where the path crosses the small fast stream which exits the Blue Lough, provides an opportunity to appreciate the view North East to Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland's highest mountain.

The rocky slopes of Slieve Lamagan rise close by to the north and Slieve Binnian lies to the Southwest. Percy Bysshe the small outcrop of rock close to the path was named after a poet.

The Blue Lough provides a fine place to picnic. A short walk (600m) further along the track to the col or saddle between Slieve Binnian and Slieve Lamagan will provide a bird's eye view of Ben Crom Dam and the mountain from which it takes its name.

The return route is the same as the outward journey.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

The Carrick Little car park is at the junction of the Head Road and Oldtown Road near Annalong.


Picnic area, café, campsite and camping pods


Newry & Mourne Walking Guide

Publication Availability

Newry Tourist Office Tel: 028 3031 3170

Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland
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Ratings and Comments

James 25 March, 2017 @ 19:43

Lovely spot and walk

Mark 24 January, 2016 @ 13:43

Did this walk on the 20th January 2016. We could not have picked a nicer day. It was a very comfortable walk and suitable for all. We went to Percy Bysshe cave and the blue lough which was stunning. The scenery is amazing. We met a walking group who give us some interesting info about the area. Plan to go back and continue on and do the loop covering Slieve Binnian

Cazzy588 1 October, 2014 @ 14:42

We did this walk in July and parked on up the lane at the farm house, we had to pay a few quid for the parking but were happy as the kids had already started moaning about having to walk up the lane! The moaning was not a problem after that as they loved the views while walking along the path and they loved having to climb over the stone walls , after you get over the last wall (there is a gate also) you then veer to the right towards the woods, the path follows the frence which at some stages are covered in little rivers crossing the paths, the walk is quite flat and at some stages you will have to climb a little, it is very suitable for families with young children and some older folk who want to see the beauty of the mournes without having to climb too high. Walking boots recommended but you could probably get away with trainers. Such a reward when you get to the Lough where you can perch on the boulders for your picnic! Definitely will be back again soon.

Philip Hanna 29 December, 2009 @ 12:18

For the more mature who are looking for gentle exercise in pleasant surroundings as opposed to a physical challenge, this walk is perfect. It is right in the heart of the Mournes surrounded by different peaks yet is a relatively flat walk. It is rewarding at an early stage therefore it can be shortened. This is a must do and we intend to go back.

Robert Nesbitt 20 September, 2009 @ 21:02

We Did this walk This morning Sunday the 20th September the Last Summer Walk of the Season with The Lagan Valley ramblers Club of Lisburn but we Did not start from Annalong but from the Carpark at the Start of the walk and went Upward the Path was easy to Start with but got tiring after a While and after PERCY BYSHE one member got a Bit tired and could not go On so the Group Leader and His wife Stopped with Her and had Lunch I Pressed on for the Last Mile and took Photographs for Her Slieve Lamagan was a Lovely Mountain Reminded Me of a Pyramid if I had Carried on I would have Ended up at Ben Crom so I had a Quick Snack and Headed Bback to My Friend and Down the Track and Back to the Carpark we then went to Annalong for a Refreshment Stop and Then Home a Good Day had by all weather Sunny (AM) Cloudy (PM) and a Perfect End to to a Perfect Day

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